Sportsplex volleyball tournament brings over 100 teams, increased business to Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – This weekend at the Cape Girardeau Sportsplex, more than 100 youth volleyball teams are competing in the Sportsplex Blast Martin Luther King Extravaganza. 

NSSC Volleyball Club runs the tournament, and the club’s assistant director Kacie Ritter, said tournaments like these help her family share their passion for volleyball. 

“We love it. Volleyball’s been in our blood, and that’s something we are very passionate about is just getting volleyball out there to the community,” she said. “Having this in Cape Girardeau, the Sportsplex has allowed the volleyball community to come to us, and it’s just very important for us to be able to be able to pass on that passion for volleyball and let it be here.” 

But when you have 118 teams coming to one community for a tournament, it’s about more than just volleyball.

“When we have these big tournaments, it really boosts the economy in the community,” Ritter said. “You can’t find a hotel room probably from Perryville to Sikeston, and then I do know a lot of the restaurant owners are so excited because they get a lot of people to come into their restaurants.” 

Restaurants like Sedona Bistro, which is located just about a mile and a half south along Kingshighway. 

Owner Ron Brzycki said he sees a pretty significant boost in sales when these tournaments come to town. 

“It all depends on how many teams you get, but you could get usually a good 10 to 20 percent increase in sales,” he said. “It just depends on how everything goes.” 

Brzycki said his and the restaurant’s relationship with the Ritter family allow them to work together to shine a light on Cape Girardeau. 

“They want to represent the town and something close, so we’ve been able to do that the last couple years,” he said.

It truly is a family and community affair.

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